Catastrophic Injury Attorneys in New York
A catastrophic injury may be defined as any type of injury that has a serious, long-term effect on the victim. Catastrophic injuries generally require extensive – and expensive – medical care. A victim may also miss a great deal of work, resulting in a significant loss of earnings. Depending on the type of injury, the victim may suffer from a temporary or permanent disability that will affect his or her ability to return to work in the same field or even to return to work at all. In terms of psychological effects, a victim may suffer from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. All of these adverse consequences can take a toll on the victim and his or her family.
Fortunately, those who have been seriously injured may be entitled to financial compensation via a personal injury lawsuit or even benefits under workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability Insurance. An injury lawyer from Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC can provide detailed information about the various options available to you if you contact our office for a confidential consultation. In addition to offering a free initial case review, we take on cases of this kind on a contingent fee basis. You pay no legal fees unless we win your case.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries and Their Causes
There are various different types of catastrophic injuries; these may have various causes. Some of the most common types include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Internal organ damage
- Multiple broken bones
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Vision or hearing loss
- Paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia
Some of the potential sources of these injuries include:
- Workplace accidents and injuries
- Participation in recreational or professional sports
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Dog bites and other animal attacks
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective products
- Violent crimes (assault, rape, robbery, etc.)
Determining the exact cause of a severe injury is important, as this will determine which party or parties can be held legally and financially accountable. In a case involving a motor vehicle accident, for example, the driver of the other vehicle may have caused the collision because he or she ran a red light. In this situation the victim may be able to seek complete financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings and emotional trauma from the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy. For serious injuries sustained in work-related accidents, workers’ compensation may cover lost wages and medical care. A consumer injured by a defective product may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable by way of a product liability lawsuit. Even the victim of a violent crime may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the perpetrator. Taking the appropriate steps will help the victim recover the full and complete compensation and/or benefits to which he or she is entitled.
The Physical, Psychological & Financial Impact of a Serious Injury
The physical impact of a serious injury is evident. The victim may experience a great deal of pain and may require immediate medical care as well as face a short or long-term disability. But what about the psychological and financial impact? A victim may also suffer from lasting emotional trauma and may face a lifetime of medical care. The financial impact of a catastrophic injury may be substantial due to medical bills, lost earnings, loss of future earnings and the need for continued medical care or even in-home monitoring, treatment or care.
Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC represents victims of catastrophic personal injuries caused by another’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing. We also handle workers’ compensation claims for those catastrophically injured in work-related accidents and can assist the disabled in seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if a serious injury has left them disabled and no longer able to work. Contact an injury lawyer today to find out how we can provide you with professional, personalized counsel.